(Photo: Guinness World Records)
Israel Kristal, age 112, is alive. That is an enormous accomplishment, considering what he's been through.
He now lives comfortably in Haifa, Israel. But he started out his life in Poland, then was separated from his family during World War I. Afterward, he worked as a confectioner in Lodz.
Then the Nazis came. In 1944, they imprisoned Kristal and his wife in Auschwitz, where he became a slave laborer. Kristal's wife did not survive.
When liberated by the Allies a year later, Kristal weighed only 82 pounds. He was the only survivor of the Holocaust from his entire family. Even his children were killed.
Kristal immigrated to Israel, married again, and had a son. Now at 112, Guinness World Records has certified him as the oldest living man.
-via Kevin D. Williamson, who says:
I like to think this is God's way of saying "F--k you" to the Nazis. https://t.co/cISDDXvhpc— Kevin D. Williamson (@KevinNR) March 11, 2016